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Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 11/14/2011

DeMorning Links: A setback in Anacostia?


Dasher last year, as renovations on Uniontown got underway. (Evy Mages - For The Post)
A tractor-trailer from Texas with 65 kilos of cocaine stuffed in its gas tank is threatening to crush the high hopes of Anacostia residents.

According to federal authorities, said tractor-trailer showed up last month at the Fort Washington doorstep of Natasha Dasher, 36, whose Uniontown Bar and Grill has been a beacon of upscale development on the long depressed historic Anacostia commercial strip. It is unclear whether the restaurant is connected to the alleged drug trafficking scheme, but the news has some Anacostians reeling. The Post’s Robert Pierre writes at The Root DC: “Uniontown, despite some of its quirks, represented progress. ... But Saturday was a reminder of how far we have to go. The one place that seemed to represent a step in the right direction may have trouble surviving depending on what happens to the owner.” Do also read Nikki Peele at Congress Heights on the Rise and John Muller at the Washington Syndicate. The news has political ramifications as well: D.C. Council candidate Jacque Patterson has postponed his campaign kickoff, which was scheduled to take place today at the restaurant.

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DYRS escapee charged in murder of North Carolina pawnshop clerk (WaTimes)

Nats catcher Wilson Ramos describes his kidnapping and rescue (Post)

IG report slams MPD’s youth investigations unit (WAMU-FM, Loose Lips, Examiner)

NBA strike costs city businesses “millions,” expert calculates, but Chinatown businesses don’t seem to have noticed much (Examiner)

Redevelopment of Dupont Down Under is on track — as a movie theater? (Housing Complex)

Michael Brown, “chief cook and bottle washer” of Internet gambling law (WaTimes)

Is the Betty Noel review committee undermining Attorney General Irv Nathan? (Examiner)

Groundbreaking today on Cardozo High renovations (WTOP)

At Metro, a 112-hour work week? Report says employees are often fatigued. (Post, Examiner)

Some good questions about a potential Redskins training facility (DCFPI)

Ten-year-old stranded in Children’s hospital has been moved to Philadelphia (Post)

Man shot dead this morning in Edgewood (Crime Scene)

Person stabbed Saturday near National Cathedral (Crime Scene)

Passenger shot on Metrobus near Benning Stoddert Rec Center (Examiner)

WTU’s Nathan Saunders is an avid motorcyclist (Examiner)

The end of the celebrity sportscaster in D.C.? (Post)

Citing errors, Ford’s Theatre refuses to sell Bill O’Reilly’s Lincoln book (Post)

Why Petworth is called Petworth (DCist)

Drilling Tennis and Golf Shop, open downtown since 1975, is closing (Post)

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